Flaxseed can be used for various things, including making linens, so its Latin name actually means, “most useful.” It is most highly praised for containing essential Omega-3s, a nutrient that is often lacking in the standard American diet. Two tablespoons of flaxseed contain 2.6 grams of protein, 15% of the recommended daily fiber value, and 4% of the daily calcium value. It contains a compound called alpha-linolenic acid, which reduce inflammation-causing chemicals called prostaglandins. It has also been proven to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, lower the risk for breast and prostate cancers, and is also chock-full of antioxidants.
At the Market
-Purchase ground flaxseed at most local supermarkets or health food stores.
In the Kitchen
-Add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your salad at lunch or oatmeal in the morning.
Oil-Free Flax Dressing
6 Tbsp nutritional yeast
3 Tbsp tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
6 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
3 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
3 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1/4 cup cold water
Combine all ingredients in blender and mix well. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe taken from theveganroad.com
How do you use flaxseed?